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Rubric for a Narrative Writing Piece

FEATURES 6 5 4 3 2 1
FOCUS •Subject and unifying •Subject and unifying •Subject and unifying •Subject/topic clear; •Subject/issue •Subject and
event clear and event clear and event are clear - may theme/unifying event may not vague issue unclear,
maintained maintained be prompt dependent •Reader is able to infer •Reader must infer limited or
•Theme/unifying •Theme/unifying event (requiring reader theme/unifying even main event and confusing
theme explicitly stated is stated in opening or inference) •Overpromise/underdeliver theme •Insufficient
•Reactions present conclusion •Theme/unifying event OR underpromise/overdeliver •Unrelated ideas or writing to show
throughout •Reactions present is stated and/or •No reactions major drift from criteria are met
•Has effective closing throughout (may not summarized Abrupt ending focus
be even) •Reactions present •Lacks sufficiency to (brainstorming)
•Has closing •May end abruptly demonstrate a developed •May be insufficient
focus writing to
determine that
subject and
unifying event can
be maintained
ELABORATION •Most episodes and •Some episodes or •May contain list of •May contain simple list of •Some attempt at •Elaboration is
reactions elaborated reactions elaborated episodes/events and/or episodes and/or reactions elaboration absent,
with specific detail with specific details reactions with some with no extensions •May be confusing, confusing, or
•Some episodes may •Contains minimal extensions •Mostly general or unclear, or repetitive
be developed with depth •Most elaboration may underdeveloped repetitive •Insufficient
more detail than be general •Lacks sufficiency to •May be insufficient writing to show
others (not necessarily demonstrate developed writing to that criteria are
balanced or even) elaboration determine that met
•Some development elaboration can be
of depth maintained.
ORGANIZATION •Narrative structure •Narrative structure is •Narrative structure is •Structure is attempted, but •Structure is •Very
clear-sequence of evident – sequence of noticeable, but the reader may still have to infer attempted, but with confusing/little
episodes moves episodes moves reader may have to •Lacks appropriate narrative little success (may or no attempt at
logically through time logically through time infer it-sequence of structure (off-mode) be a random structure
without noticeable with a beginning, episodes moves •May have a major lapse or presentation of •Insufficient
gaps middle and ending with logically through time inappropriate transitions that ideas) writing to meet
•Episodes few gaps with some gaps disrupt progression of events •Confusing criteria
appropriately •Most paragraphing is •Some appropriate •May have little evidence of •Insufficient writing
paragraphed appropriate paragraphing appropriate paragraphing to determine that
•Coherence and •Coherence and •Evidence of coherence •Limited structure within organization can be
cohesion cohesion (sentence to may depend on paragraphs (e.g., lacks sustained
demonstrated through sentence) evident; sequence purposeful ordering of
some appropriate use may depend on holistic •If present, transitions sentences)
of devices (transitions, structure (chronology) may be simplistic or •Lacks sufficiency to
pronouns, causal •Most transitions are even redundant demonstrate developed
linkage, etc.) appropriate organization
•Varied sentence
structure produces
some cohesion
CONVENTIONS Uses consistent Consistent agreement Maintains Occasional errors Inconsistent agreement Parts of speech show
agreement between between parts of speech. agreement between between parts of between parts of speech. lack of agreement.
parts of speech. No Uses correct parts of speech. speech. Some Many errors in Frequent errors in
errors in mechanics. punctuation, Few errors in errors in mechanics. mechanics. Limited mechanics. Little or
Creative and effective capitalization, etc. mechanics. Applies Some evidence of evidence of spelling no evidence of
use of spelling Consistent use of basic grade level spelling strategies. strategies. spelling strategies.
strategies. spelling strategies. spelling.
INTEGRATION •Fully-developed paper •Developed paper for •Bare-bones- •Partially developed •Attempts to address the •Does not fulfill the
for grade level grade level developed paper for •Some (or one) of assignment, but only assignment; barely
•Clear and purposeful •All features are not grade level the feature(s) are rudiments of techniques deals with the topic;
Focus; in-depth, equally well-developed •Simple and clear, not sufficiently for forming Focus, or does not present
balanced elaboration; throughout presenting nothing formed, but all are Elaboration, and most or all of the
sequence of episodes is more that the present Organization can be features
coherently and essentials •Lacks narrative detected •Insufficient writing
cohesively developed •Limited depth structure •Some confusion and/or to show that criteria
throughout •Inference is usually disjointedness are met
required •May be insufficient
writing to determine that
the features can be

Focus: The clarity with which a paper presents and maintains a clear main idea, point of view, unifying event
or theme.

Support/Elaboration: The degree to which the main point or event is elaborated and explained by specific
details, descriptions, and reactions

Organization: The clarity of the logical flow of ideas (coherence and cohesion)

Conventions: Use of standard written English

Integration: Evaluation of the paper based on a focused, global judgment of how effectively the paper as a
whole uses basic features to fulfill the assignment